Email Hugo Swire MP on retaining vital EU nature protections at risk from Tory policy
Thursday, 07 September 2017 0 Comments by Claire
If you care about nature and environmental protections please email Hugo Swire about this.
He simply parrots Michael Gove’s misleading nonsense about all nature laws being transferred over, but there very different plans afoot within the Tory Party.
I know someone will say what’s the point, but if we don’t lobby him he will simply claim no one really cares or people don’t believe it is a priority.
He needs to speak and vote the right way on this Bill.
I lodged a motion on this very issue at Devon County Council earlier this year and got it through unopposed, however the response from central government was anything but reassuring.
No promises whatsoever.
In East Devon there are important landscape legal protections and there are also many species currently protected under EU law that are at risk of losing that protection.
If you are on Twitter tweet him with this link. The more public the better.
Even better back it up with an email. Simply paste the points in the article into an email as a request, with a short personal intro.
It will take just two minutes
Let’s hold Hugo Swire to account.
What we want to see in the Repeal Bill
1. All current EU wildlife and environment laws brought across in to UK law
2. Any future potential changes to these laws checked and debated by Parliament
• Clauses 7-9 and 17 of the Repeal Bill give the Government lots of powers to legislate or de-legislate by Statutory Instrument
• According to the Repeal Bill, they could justify this on the grounds of a “failure to operate effectively” or “any other deficiency” “arising from withdrawal”. But these terms are not defined.
• This could mean that Ministers or civil servants weaken those wildlife laws we do retain without involving Parliament: a Minister under pressure from a developer could unilaterally remove vital wildlife protections, which we have spent decades securing.
3. Wildlife and environment laws must be enforced and upheld
• Currently the European Commission keeps an eye on the UK Government to check it is implementing and enforcing environmental law.
• Although the Bill gives the Government the power to pass these functions to new or existing public bodies (clause 7(5)), it is not obliged to do so.
• We think that all the functions carried out by EU institutions in relation to environmental protection should be passed to well-funded public bodies after Brexit.
4. All EU environmental principles transferred to UK law
It is not clear that key environmental principles will be carried over in any form through the Bill. This would greatly weaken wildlife protection.
The three big EU environmental principles are:
- Those who pollute the environment pay for repairing the damage (the ‘Polluter Pays’ principle)
- Economic development happens in a way that looks after our natural resources for future generations (the ‘Sustainable Development’ principle)
- When an activity puts the health of humans or the environment at risk, action must be taken to deal with this, even if the science is not 100% clear (the ‘Precautionary Principle’)